Kent District Library Announces “On the Same Page,” a Community Reading Initiative

Kent District Library is encouraging adults to get “On the Same Page” with reading. KDL is introducing a new initiative to bring people together around one book, Tom Lake by Ann Patchett. 

"At KDL, we love reading and we love people, and On the Same Page will bring two of our favorite things together,” said Hennie Vaandrager, Programming and Outreach Manager at KDL. “Many people feel lonely, and this program is designed to provide connection and enjoyment."   

On the Same Page will include numerous events around Kent County including book discussions, programs that feature themes in the book, and a Meet the Author event at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, April 24 at the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin University. The author event will not only feature internationally bestselling author Ann Patchett, but also special guest Kevin Wilson, author of Now is Not the Time to Panic.  

Free registration for the Author Event will be required and will open on March 15. To sign up for updates and reminders, visit  

Ann Patchett is a celebrated American author. Known for her compelling storytelling and rich character development, Patchett has received critical acclaim for novels such as Bel Canto and Commonwealth. With numerous literary awards and a reputation for thought-provoking narratives, she has made a significant impact on contemporary fiction. 

Tom Lake has been described as both “quiet and reassuring” (New York Times) and “poignant and reflective” (Kirkus Reviews). It is a beautiful and moving novel about family, love and growing up that takes place on a cherry farm in Traverse City, MI during 2020.  

Because Tom Lake is now the book that everyone is reading, KDL has purchased many copies to keep the hold times as short as possible. KDL has 670 regular print copies, 50 large print, 76 eBooks and 61 audiobooks (read by Meryl Streep) in its collection. Tom Lake and Now is Not the Time to Panic are also available through KDL’s Talking Book and Braille Center in both audio and Braille formats. 

On the Same Page participants should also sign up for KDL’s Let It Snow Winter Reading Club, which runs from December 1 through February 29. Adults and teens (grades 6 and up) who read six books in various categories will receive a collectible mug. One of the categories is “Ann Patchett Title.” Those who read an additional four books will be entered to win a Kindle Scribe. Learn more at 

On the Same Page is offered in partnership with Calvin University’s January Series. To learn more, visit

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